Should adults take roles in high school musicals?
It's high school musical time across Pasco County. Talented teens are preparing for roles large and small in shows known from Broadway, like West Side Story, as well as shows written for them (Wesley Chapel's Presidents! The Musical).
At Mitchell High, two roles in Beauty and the Beast were held aside for teachers, kids need not audition. And it's not the first time. Last year, teachers played leads in that school's production of Fiddler on the Roof, saying the parts were too difficult for their students.
Teacher David O'Hara defended the decision, explaining he wouldn't want students to flop onstage in front of an audience. But his is not a common practice in Pasco County, and at least one School Board member says it shouldn't be.
Board member Alison Crumbley said she and her colleagues protected the arts during budget cuts even at the risk of fines for class size noncompliance. They did it, she said, "for our students" because "that's who these programs are for." See our full story here.
What do you think? Should adults take lead roles in high school musicals and other theater productions if students are available to perform them?